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Tigers’ Schneider leads short list of WHL goaltenders with NHL ties

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Tigers’ Schneider leads short list of WHL goaltenders with NHL ties

Photo: Medicine Hat Tigers goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Nick Schneider earned an NHL contract with a strong performance at the Flames’ training camp last fall (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

In past years, the ranking of the WHL goaltenders used a criteria whereby the goaltenders listed would all be drafted and or signed by NHL teams. Based on these parameters this season, the list is short, with only three netminders making the grade. Read more »

Arizona Coyotes Top 20 prospects will compete to form a championship core

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Arizona Coyotes Top 20 prospects will compete to form a championship core

Photo: For Arizona Coyotes top prospect Dylan Strome, a post-draft season in junior is an opportunity for an OHL title and Memorial Cup berth (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Strong drafting and Don Maloney’s clever work over the phone – plus the presence of Oliver Ekman-Larsson – should have the Arizona Coyotes back into contention soon. The team in fact brought strong efforts for most of the 2015-16 season, but a playoff berth was asking a lot of this roster. The good news is the franchise has organizational depth to rival any team’s. Read more »

2016 World Cup of Hockey: Stars’ Lindell looking to improve upon short NHL stint

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2016 World Cup of Hockey: Stars’ Lindell looking to improve upon short NHL stint

Photo: Texas Stars defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Esa Lindell is a veteran of international play, and will represent Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Esa Lindell will represent Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

The Dallas Stars prospect and 21-year-old defenseman was confident his play at the 2015 IIHF World Championship combined with his first season with the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars was enough to impress the Finnish brass. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Familiar Hockey East foes meet, 2016 hopefuls Laberge and Dineen in CHL action, Drouin returns to Syracuse

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Prospect Faceoff: Familiar Hockey East foes meet, 2016 hopefuls Laberge and Dineen in CHL action, Drouin returns to Syracuse

Photo: UMass Lowell forward C.J. Smith, and Boston University forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Danny O’Regan renew the rivalry between their two schools this weekend in the Hockey East Tournament (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Hockey East quarterfinals are underway this weekend, and two familiar faces re-ignite a rivalry as Boston University and UMass Lowell meet in the Hockey East playoffs again just one year removed from meeting in the finals. The CHL’s regular season is winding down, and all three leagues are in action again as two top 2016 draft-eligibles get another last chance to impress before the draft. Finally, Jonathan Drouin’s infamous story will have a new chapter written in Syracuse as the Tampa Bay Lightning prospect is back in the AHL after an attempted trade request, finishing off a stacked edition of Prospect Faceoff. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Hronek, Solensky the top prospects competing in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

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2016 NHL Draft: Hronek, Solensky the top prospects competing in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Photo: HC Litvinov forward and 2016 prospect Kristian Reichel competed for the Czech Republic at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge where he picked up a goal and three points in four games (courtesy of Tim Bates/OJHL Images)

With the regular season for European clubs having wrapped up and the playoffs having begun, a feel for the NHL Draft prospects available this summer has led to a fairly clear ranking for the neighboring countries of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Read more »

Stolarz making strides in second pro season with Lehigh Valley

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Stolarz making strides in second pro season with Lehigh Valley

Photo: Lehigh Valley Phantoms goaltender and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Anthony Stolarz is ranked in the top 10 in minutes played by AHL goaltenders in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Nina Weiss/THN)

It is no secret that goaltender Anthony Stolarz has made significant strides in his development in his sophomore season with the Philadelphia FlyersAHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Read more »

Honka leads a deep blueline group among the Dallas Stars Top 20 prospects

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Honka leads a deep blueline group among the Dallas Stars Top 20 prospects

Photo: Julius Honka, who has become an established AHLer before being able to buy a beer in Texas, is no shock as Dallas’s top prospect (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Dallas Stars have been a finely-tuned offensive machine in the 2015-16 season, which is good because the prospect pool is a little short on elite-level talent. Nor is the situation helped by the loss of Brett Pollock to Calgary in the Kris Russell trade, and the graduation of Mattias Janmark. A good mix of intelligent players and useful depth players make up most of the pipeline. Standout players like Julius Honka and power forward Brett Ritchie do provide impact upside.

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NCAA Prospects Notebook, February, 2016: “CCM” line continues tear, Roy finding game at right time

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NCAA Prospects Notebook, February, 2016: “CCM” line continues tear, Roy finding game at right time

Photo: University of Denver forward and Boston Bruins prospect Danton Heinen is off his scoring pace of last season but has still produced 15 goals and 37 points in 34 games for the Pioneers in 2015-16 (courtesy of Patrick Green/Icon Sportswire)

With the 2015-16 NCAA hockey regular season now in the books, schools now turn their attention to conference postseason showdowns and NCAA Tournament bids. As always, a number of NHL prospects will play a big role in their school’s quest for postseason success. Read more »

Andrei Vasilevskiy retains top spot on Tampa Bay Lightning top 20

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Andrei Vasilevskiy retains top spot on Tampa Bay Lightning top 20

Photo: Andrei Vasilevskiy would be leading the AHL in save percentage (.935) if the Lightning hadn’t decided that he was ready to become an NHL goaltender midway through the season. (Courtesy of Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire)

Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman has maintained a fine balance between keeping a competitive team on the ice with Stanley Cup aspirations, while still having a strong prospect group. The team’s top five scorers were all drafted and developed in-house and there’s a wave of prospects in Syracuse of the AHL that could be ready to fill voids left by departing free agents next season. Read more »

Zhukenov adjusting well to new surroundings with playoff-bound Sagueneens squad

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Zhukenov adjusting well to new surroundings with playoff-bound Sagueneens squad

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Dmitry Zhukenov was a productive player for Russia at the 2015 U18 World Championship, posting three goals and six points in five games (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

There will always be a debate about the best development track for European – and especially Russian – hockey players: is it better to develop at home or in North America? While it is not possible to get a one-size-fits-all reply, there are some stories of success and failure in both cases. Read more »

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